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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
Feb. 2017  
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Apply by March 13 for Workforce Education Grants

The Department of Education is now accepting applications for the second round of 2017 Workforce Education Grants. This is school districts’ chance to make transformative changes in career and technical education programs.

Educators, here are some things to ask yourselves, if your school district is considering applying:

  • What have you always wanted to make happen in your career and technical education programs?
  • What kind of career guidance programs have you hoped to create?
  • In what ways could your current programs be revised to align with today’s high-tech, knowledge-based industries?
  • What partnerships have you wanted to establish or grow, but haven’t had the resources to dedicate to the effort?
  • What kinds of work-based learning experiences have you hoped to incorporate in your students’ education?
  • In what ways have you wanted to customize students’ educational experiences?
  • What would it take to blur the lines between academic learning and career preparation?

Resources for the 2017 Workforce Education Grants are available on the Department of Education website.

Applications are due March 13. Awards will be announced by April 14, and projects can start in May.

An “office hours” conference call with Department of Education Career and Technical Education staff will be held on the date and time listed below. Educators are welcome to connect at any time during the call to ask questions about the grants and discuss project ideas.

  • Friday, Feb. 10, 12:30 – 2 p.m. CST
    • Connect via Skype or call 1-866-410-8397 (conference code: 7708795296)


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